David Perron, a 2007 first round draft pick of the Blues (27th overall) will continue to be a part of the youth movement for two more years, which by that time he should be part of the middle aged youth movement. Perron-ha had 47 points on the season last year (20 goals, 27 assists), which was good for 4th overall on the team. The two year extension is worth $4.3 million dollars – $1.8 million this season and $2.5 million the next. Fairly reasonable for someone who, while not a scoring machine, can score goals and is a great set-up guy. He also has the fastest puck and stick handling skills that I have ever seen up close.
There has been some concern at the lack of speed that the Blues have locked up their RFAs with, but considering that Erik Johnson can’t be poached due to his “year off” thanks to his knee, and that Cam Janssen was the only player to elect arbitration (and get signed beforehand), there really was no doubt that Perron was going to return to the Blues. The question was for how long. The two year deal gives him a chance to boost his scoring and still remain a RFA at the end of it, which could be a way to leverage more money out of the Blues. It’s also a way for the Blues to add some insurance that Perron’ll be around for longer. Perron apparently was the first NHL player to break the news of his own signing, which if you’re a follower of Frenchie really isn’t a surprise. He’s probably one of the most infectiously cheerful players that you’ll ever see on Twitter – his equipment geek updates during the season are like a play-by-play of a li’l kid opening up Christmas gifts.